Tag: batteries


Ask Dr. Riccardo Signorelli, CEO of clean-technology company FastCAP Systems, what role the government may have had in getting his business off the ground and his answer is brief.  “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made FastCAP possible,” Signorelli said. Read more…


The Japanese automaker, Nissan, has developed a charging system that generates electricity from solar power and stores it in the lithium-ion batteries used in its Leaf electric car. On the roof of its global headquarters in Yokohama, the company has Read more…


I thought readers may be interested in the response I got from two dedicated EV buffs (both partners of mine at EVWorld Associates) when I asked them why they favored the electric version of the Ford Focus (to be released Read more…


Electric vehicles are often touted as much better for the environment than cars with internal combustion engines. But just what are the environmental costs associated with electric vehicles? It Starts with Production For starters, electric cars are still made with Read more…


The global market for electric motorcycles and scooters is expected to surge, with the number of vehicles projected to jump from 17 million in 2011 to more than 138 million by 2017, according to a new report. The two-wheel electric Read more…


Earlier this week, President Obama set a goal of making the United States the first country in the world to put one million advanced technology vehicles on the road. This goal is part of the President’s plan to rebuild our Read more…


While renewable energy is openly embraced by many in the world there are plenty who are willing to heap criticisms upon the many facets of the energy type. One of the most common forms of criticism for types of renewable Read more…


In a previous post, I discussed the patent litigation between Boston area lithium ion battery maker A123 Systems Inc. (A123) and Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec (H-Q). A123 initially brought a suit in April 2006 against H-Q in federal court in Boston Read more…


The advanced battery market is about to get much busier thanks to demand from electric vehicles, and an innovative program to capture energy from subway cars could cause a further surge. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) won a


By imagining the entire body of the car as one giant battery, designers of Sweden’s safest car may have found a way to make EVs lighter and more powerful. Batteries for electric cars are bulky and heavy. Adding batteries in Read more…


With all the talk about lithium ion batteries, and the unprecedented investment occurring in this area, it is easy to forget the most prevalent utility-scale energy storage technology, pumped hydro. Pumped hydro is the most mature and largest storage technology Read more…


President Barack Obama tours the ZBB Manufacturing Facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and is shown the battery making process by ZBB President and CEO Eric Apfelback, left, and ZBB employee Lonnie Mages,

Today, President Obama travelled to Meno…


During the course of most conversations about electric vehicles (EVs), the phrase “range anxiety” eventually shows up. Many observers believe that EVs’ range of 100 miles or less will keep some consumers on the sidelines, but some studies reveal that Read more…


Last week electric vehicle services company Better Place demonstrated a fleet of electric taxis that will operate in Tokyo and have batteries that can be replaced in about two minutes. The taxis will utilize Better Place’s battery swapping stations, which Read more…

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